Music in French
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This free online French lesson will teach you about music in French (musique)and some of the French music words you need to know – just listen to the audio for the French pronunciation and practice saying the French words and phrases aloud.
Being able to talk about music in French is a great way to start a conversation with a native French speaker – after all, music is a universal language! Perhaps you’re traveling in a French-speaking country and you want to buy some French music – how would you ask for what you want in French?
Talking about music in French
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Ce CD est à combien s'il vous plait ?
How much is this CD please?
Avez-vous de la musique classique ?
Do you stock classical music?
Avez-vous de la musique rock ?
Do you have rock music?
Je cherche du Jack Johnson, en avez-vous ?
I am looking for music by Jack Johnson, do you have any?
You might notice a couple of interesting (or puzzling!) points here. The word for "music" becomes feminine in French! This is because French has distinctions for every single name or noun, and all of them are either masculine or feminine in gender. Weird, but absolutely true!
Another point is that when you are asking about a musical artist, as in Jack Johnson, this becomes “some” in French, or “du”. For example, you could say “du Brel”, “du Pink Floyd” or “du Tchaikovsky”!
Here are some useful words when listening to music at home, in the car or at a concert.
C'est trop fort !
It's too loud!
Il a une belle voix
He has a beautiful voice
Cette chanson me plaît
I really like this song
Aimes-tu cette chanson ?
Do you like this song?
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